Edward Miguel

Edward Miguel is the Oxfam Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 2000.

He earned S.B. degrees in both Economics and Mathematics from MIT, received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and Stanford University.

Ted’s main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; interactions between health, education, environment, and productivity for the poor; and methods for transparency in social science research. He has conducted field work in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and India. Ted is a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, has served as Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and Journal of Development Economics, is a recipient of the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and winner of the 2005 Kenneth J. Arrow Prize awarded annually by the International Health Economics Association for the Best Paper in Health Economics.

Ted is a recipient of the 2015 U.C. Berkeley Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award, the 2012 Berkeley campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award, the Best Graduate Adviser Award in the Berkeley Economics Department, and has served on over 80 completed doctoral dissertation committees.

He co-founded the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) in 2007 and serves as Faculty Director. He has served as the Co-organizer (with Dan Posner of UCLA) of the Worklng Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) since 2002. Ted is also the co-founder and Faculty Director of the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS).

Miguel has written two books, Africa’s Turn? (MIT Press 2009), and, with Ray Fisman, Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations(Princeton University Press 2008). Economic Gangsters has been translated into ten languages, and the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof praises it as “smart and eminently readable”. Miguel’s other writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Forbes, and the New York Times.

Content by Edward Miguel
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The economics of rural electrification: Evidence from Kenya

    12 Jan 2018 | Ken Lee, Edward Miguel, Catherine Wolfram

  • Project

    The social and economic impacts of electrification: Evidence from Kenya

    In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 600 million people live without electricity. This study analyses the economics of rural electrification through a randomised field experiment that connected hundreds of rural households to the national electrical grid in Kenya.  The experiment reveals low demand for grid connections, high costs of construction, and limited economic...

    25 Jan 2017 | Edward Miguel, Catherine Wolfram, Ken Lee

  • Project

    Scaling up policies for agricultural trade

    Our overarching research objective is to collect the data and build the toolkit needed to combine micro-level data from intervention trials with macro-level models of policy scale-up. We propose to generate a tractable trade model in which multiple agents produce and consume multiple goods and interact across markets via trade and migration. We will parameterise and...

    19 Oct 2016 | Edward Miguel, Andrés Rodríguez-Clare

  • Project

    Spatial equilibrium effects of positive wealth shocks

    From the perspective of urban economics, a core constraint facing rural populations is likely their inability to concentrate purchasing power geographically. This is driven by the fact that (i) most primary export products (agricultural goods) require a lot of land, relative to labour for production, and (2) are exports are typically low-margin commodities.  We propose to...

    25 Feb 2016 | Edward Miguel, Paul Niehaus, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Vocational Education in Kenya (Working Paper)

    9 Oct 2014 | Joan Hamory Hicks, Michael Kremer, Isaac Mbiti, Edward Miguel

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Reshaping Institutions: Evidence on External Aid and Local Collective Action (Appendices)

    9 Oct 2014 | Katherine E. Casey, Rachel Glennerster, Edward Miguel

  • Project

    The value of democracy: Evidence from road building in Kenya

    Just how significant is ethnic favouritism in Africa? It’s a common aspect of Africa’s perception and many of the continents ills have been blamed on it. Yet, it has been quite difficult to find concrete evidence of this behaviour. So how much does it actually exist and what are the effects? We look at the case of Kenya and find strong empirical evidence of ethnic...

    4 Sep 2014 | Robin Burgess, Remi Jedwab, Edward Miguel, Ameet Morjaria, Gerard Padró i Miquel

  • Project

    Youth Unemployment in Kenya

    Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing social and economic problems that less developed countries face today. Yet little is known about how best to smooth the school-to-work transition or to boost human capital for those not on the academic schooling track. Vocational education is one promising avenue for addressing the problem. However, few existing rigorous...

    1 Sep 2012 | Edward Miguel

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Reshaping Institutions: Evidence on External Aid and Local Collective Action (Working Paper)

    26 Apr 2011 | Katherine E. Casey, Rachel Glennerster, Edward Miguel

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Vocational Education in Kenya (Policy Brief)

    1 Apr 2011 | Joan Hamory Hicks, Jonas Hjort, Michael Kremer, Isaac Mbiti, Jamie McCasland, Edward Miguel

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Reshaping Institutions: Evidence on External Aid and Local Collective Action (Policy Brief)

    1 Apr 2011 | Katherine E. Casey, Rachel Glennerster, Edward Miguel

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Vocational Education Voucher Delivery and Labor Market Returns

    1 Apr 2011 | Joan Hamory Hicks, Michael Kremer, Isaac Mbiti, Edward Miguel

  • Project

    Vocational Education in Kenya

    Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing social and economic problems that less developed countries face today. Yet little is known about how best to smooth the school-to-work transition or to boost human capital for those not on the academic schooling track. Vocational education is one promising avenue for addressing the problem. However, few existing rigorous...

    1 Sep 2009 | Edward Miguel, Jonas Hjort, Michael Kremer, Isaac Mbiti

  • Project

    Community-driven development in post-conflict Sierra Leone

    A significant analysis of the popular community driven development (CDD) programmes in post-war Sierra Leone has found that although CDD has positive impacts on enhancing the quality of local public goods and improved household economic welfare, it does not increase participation in local governance as previously believed. Despite the World Bank’s push for greater...

    1 Jun 2009 | Edward Miguel, Rachel Glennerster, Katherine E. Casey